*We are actively raising money to increase the prize money and support young artists impacted by covid-19 in with our Artists for Democracy Fund.
Art has always had a special role in resistance movements with its unique ability to shift perspective and add new points of view. We want to support young artists during this time of economic crisis and provide a platform to showcase their vision for their democracy and world.
16-25 year olds, residing in the United States.
Group submissions are allowed but they must be under one name for ease of contact. It is up to the group to split the prize should they win.
Our judges include artists across a variety of mediums who’ve made contributions in their community and foster civic engagement through their art. We are thrilled to work with the following talented artists for our first virtual art competition…
Literary Performer, actor & educator, Regie Gibson, has lectured & performed in the U.S., Cuba & Europe. Representing the U.S. in Italy, Regie competed for & received both the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone & The Europa in Versi Award in LaGuardia di Como. He’s received a Mass Cultural Council Poetry Award, is a Brother Thomas Fellow & has received two Live Arts Boston Grants to develop his first play, The Juke: A Blues Bacchae. He has composed texts for The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale and Boston’s Handel+Haydn Society. He performs regularly with Atlas Soul: a world music ensemble & Shakespeare to Hip-Hop: an education & performance program integrating classical and modern texts into English curriculums.
Marie received a BFA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2018, Marie participated in The Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a collaboration between four prominent Brooklyn arts and culture organizations: where she learned about core areas of arts management, including Development, Marketing/Community Engagement, Education, Curatorial/Programming, Production/Tech, and Administration/Finance.
As a Haitian immigrant, Marie was deeply impacted by various art cultural organizations, through their free workshops and educational programs. These experiences not only enabled her to learn to express herself through art, but she also became very interested in the work it takes to make these programs happen. Saint-Cyr Art Studio was born out of Marie’s passion for Art, Education, Business and her desire to give back to her community. When Marie is not painting or facilitating art programs, she can be found backpacking through countries and trying out new food.
Alex Cohen is the creator and illustrator behind Tiny Snek Comics, the popular animal-themed webcomic that features the exploits of snakes, birds, possums, and sloths (among other critters), alongside a healthy dose of progressive politics. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Alex works as a Research and Program Associate at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, where he helps research constitutional change. While not an artist by trade or by training, Alex has been a notebook doodler his whole life, and over the last few years, his work has spread widely across the Internet and reached an audience of millions.